Last year the Fahrig lab published 11 journal articles on landscape effects on birds, beetles, mammals, and amphibians. Here are some of our results.

  • Habitat fragmentation, independent of habitat loss, generally has no effect or a positive effect on species.
  • The habitat amount hypothesis is supported for European forest beetles and South American small mammals.
  • Farmlands with more crop types and smaller fields have more amphibians and more birds.
  • Road-kill hotspots are not usually the best places to put road mitigation (fencing and wildlife passages).
  • Landscape change is reducing variation among species in dispersal abilities.

Below are the citations. You can find them posted on the GLEL web site here:

Wilson S, Mitchell GW, Pasher J, McGovern M, Hudson M-AR, Fahrig L. 2017. Influence of crop type, heterogeneity and woody structure on avian biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. Ecological Indicators 83: 218-226.

Martin A, Pearce Higgins J, Fahrig L. 2017. The spatial scale of time-lagged population synchrony increases with species dispersal distance. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 1201-1210.

Miguet P, Fahrig L, Lavigne C. 2017. How to quantify a distance-dependent landscape effect on a biological response. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8:1717–1724.

Seibold S, Bässler C, Brandl R, Fahrig L, Förster B, Heurich M, Hothorn T, Scheipl F, Thorn S,  Müller J. 2017. An experimental test of the habitat-amount hypothesis for saproxylic beetles in a forested region. Ecology 98:1613-1622.

Duflot R, Ernoult A, Aviron S, Fahrig L, Burel F. 2017. Relative effects of landscape composition and configuration on multi-habitat gamma diversity in agricultural landscapes. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 241:62-69.

Melo GL, Sponshiado J, Cáceras N, Fahrig L. 2017. Testing the habitat amount hypothesis for South American small mammals. Biological Conservation 209:304-314.

Collins S, Fahrig L. 2017. Responses of anurans to composition and configuration of agricultural landscapes. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 239:399-409.

Teixeira FZ, Kindel A, Hartz S, Mitchell S, Fahrig L. 2017. When road-kill hotspots do not indicate the best sites for road-kill mitigation. Journal of Applied Ecology 54, 1544–1551.

Martin A, Desrochers A, Fahrig L. 2017. Homogenization of dispersal ability across bird species in response to landscape change. Oikos 126:996-1003.

Arroyo-Rodríguez V, Saldaña-Vázquez RA, Fahrig L, Santos BA. 2017. Does forest fragmentation cause an increase in forest temperature? Ecological Research 32:81-88.

Fahrig L. 2017. Ecological responses to habitat fragmentation per se. Annual Reviews of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 48:1-23.